With no Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were adding star value for the largely Madrid-supporting crowd in Miami. The two linked up early with Bale starting a move at the end of which Benzema shoot wide from close range. United started taking control 18 minutes into the game and it was Sanchez who gave them the lead. Herrera set Darmian free on the right and the latter’s cross was steered in by the Chilean. Nine minutes later, Juan Mata put a cross in that was diverted into the path Herrera by Sanchez. The Spaniard’s finish was precise and United were ahead. Real’s attacks were sporadic and yet they did manage to find the target before half time.
Mourinho was as morose as ever and said that he “didn’t learn anything” from the pre-season tour. “I know what Herrera, Mata and Sànchez are, I know the kids are very young and need time to grow up. The boys gave everything and we tried to fight for the best result, but tactically it means nothing.”
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